Tam Kung Tin Hau Temple, Wong Nai Chung
Tam Kung - Sea God Lord Tam (譚公)
Tam Kung was originally a native of Huizhou (惠州) in Guangdong Province (廣東省) during Yuan Dynasty. When he was 12 years old, he already possessed supernatural powers to command the wind and rain, and cure the sick. His ability to forecast the weather made him a popular deity among the fishermen. Tam Kung is portrayed as being young and having a fresh face.
Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea)
Tin Hau (天后) who is also called Matsu (Mother-Ancestor)(媽祖) was a native of Fujian Province (福建省). She met a Taoist priest at the age of 13 who taught her how to predict the future and help those who were sick and weak. It was said that she travelled about the sea on a mattress made of reed to save the people who were being drowned. People therefore looked upon her as the goddess for safety on the sea.
The temple itself is small relative to the overall structure which includes a covered terrace. Further up the Tam Kung Temple there is a small temple dedicated to Tin Hau.
Apart from the main deity of Tam Kung, Tam Kung Temple also houses Pak Tai (Supreme Emperor of the North), Tai Sui (Sixty Gods of Time), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), Lui Cho (One of the Eight Immortals), Lui Wo (Goddess of Marriage and Fertility), Wong Tai Sin (A God of Medicine), Wai Nung (a Buddhist monk in Tang Dynasty), Lady Golden Flower (Patron of Pregnant Women) and Shing Wong (City God). Deities being worshipped in the Tin Hau Temple include Tin Hau, Tai Sui (Sixty Gods of Time) and Shing Wong (City God).
Tam Kung Festival
Tam Kung Festival falls on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month. Since 1915, festive activities including theatrical performance and parade around the streets of Happy Valley are held every year to celebrate the birthdays of Tam Kung in odd years and Pak Tai in even years.
Other Related Festival
Pak Tai Festival - the 3rd day of the third lunar month
This temple had undergone major renovations in 1989 and 2005.